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Chiara Center Events

Chiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2013-2014 brochure.

 

   
 
     
     

      
JANUARY

Ah Day of Quiet
January 25, 2016
Once each season, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in your life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch and massages are available (requested at the time of registration). Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Pass the Bread, Please

January 28, 2016 

Dan and Sherry Frachey

Our dinner speaker series celebrates bread, a Christian symbol of community and global solidarity. Jesus took bread, blessed bread, broke bread and shared bread. We are invited to do the same.

Tortillas, bagels, donuts, French bread, rice cakes and pita bread. Bread, a symbol of global solidarity means promise and struggle, and many grains and one loaf. What is ours to do? 

Dan and Sherry are involed in education, parish ministry, social justice and love to cook.

You are invited to bring a food item or loaf of bread for the Food Pantry.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

      
FEBRUARY

You Already Have - A Weekend Celebrating Recovery
February 19-21, 2016  
"Spirituality in Recovery - Pitfalls and Opportunites"
Retreat Leaders: Archie Ford, Chuck Kerwin and David Kerwin

Addiction recovery is a challenging time and no one is born with a road map or manual to illuminate the way. Recovery is not a straight line process, and so the retreat will explore common pitfalls as well as opportunities in the hourney of recovery. The treat is open to those involved in a recovery program or are a family member searching for guidance

Weekend options include overnight stay ($185), commuter ($85) or Saturday only ($60)

Pre-registration and payment are required by February 1.

Click here for brochure and registration form.


MARCH

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Spirituality of Breadmaking
March 11, 2016
Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

Our dinner speaker series celebrates bread, a Christian symbol of community and global solidarity. Jesus took bread, blessed bread, broke bread and shared bread. We are invited to do the same.

Making bread is a spiritual experience both for those preparing the bread and those enjoying the bread fresh out of the oven.

Father Dominic, a Benedictine monk, has been featured on PBS, has published books, and has a webstie: breadmonk.com

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

                                                      

Ah Day of Quiet
March 21, 2016

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

APRIL

Sixth Annual Spirituality in HealthCare Conference
Bend Don't Break
Cultivate Resilience and Well-Being
April 9, 2015

This annual conference co-sponsored by Chiara Center and Hospital Sisters Health System addresses where God may be found in healthcare, how to be faithful in the midst of suffering and tremendous change, and how to find transcendent meaning in the healthcare profession.

Continuing Education contact hours are awarded.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

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JUNE

Silent Directed Retreat
June 14, 2015 - June 19, 2015

OUR RETREAT IS CURRENTLY FULL. PLEASE CONSIDER OUR OCTOBER DIRECTED RETREAT.  This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.



JULY

AH Day of Quiet
July 20, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

SEPTEMBER

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Unless a Grain of Wheat
September 10, 2016
Rick Siemer & Father Steve Jankowski 

Our dinner speaker series celebrates bread, a Christian symbol of community and global solidarity. Jesus took bread, blessed bread, broke bread and shared bread. We are invited to do the same.

How are we like that grain of wheat which experiences transformation? What process can we expect on our life journey?

Rick Siemer is the 4th generation leader of Siemer Milling Company, a family and employee owned company with mills in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.

Father Steve Janoski serves as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

OCTOBER

Ah Day of Quiet
October 19, 2015

A day for you to enjoy the Spirit's invitation to: walk...read...journal...appreciate...reflect...wonder...pray...listen...draw... Enjoy the spacious grounds, the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, peaceful reflection areas as well as spiritual audio and printed resources. A home cooked meal at noon, an optional presentation at 1 PM by Sr. Renita, and the possibility of a massage make this a healing experience for you. Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

Silent Directed Retreat
October 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015

This retreat is an invitation to prayer, silence, solitude and a daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-one.  Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 

NOVEMBER

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Spirituality of Picnics
November 19, 2016
Sister Renita Brummer, OSF 

Our dinner speaker series celebrates bread, a Christian symbol of community and global solidarity. Jesus took bread, blessed bread, broke bread and shared bread. We are invited to do the same.

Join St. Francis and St. Clare at their famous picnic and discover the deeper meaning of picnics. The evening will feature Chiara Center's stained glass window of the picnic.

Sister Renita Brummer, former Chiara Center Program Director, serves as Minister General of her religious community in Kirkwood, MO.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

Click here for a brochure.

DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 4,  2015 - December 6, 2015 


Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through a display of over 100 nativity sets from around the world.  Loaned to us by friends and family members, the sets tell the story of Jesus entering the lives of people and cultures today.  The experience also includes a tour of history St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Free and open to the public, the Festival celebrates the influence and message of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.

 

 


 

 

 


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